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Friday 5 August 2016, 6pm, OTO Project Space

OTO PROJECT SPACE: Dominic Lash Quartet

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Dominic Lash / double bass, compositions, arrangements
Javier Carmona / drums, percussion
Ricardo Tejero / reeds
Alex Ward / electric guitar

The original incarnation of DLQ (with Alexander Hawkins) released the well-received album Opabinia on the Babel Label in 2013. London Jazz News wrote: “There are musical specimens here that have established themselves in our ecosystem - a funky bass lope here, a bluesy lead there. In between are more tentative, less recognisable sound formations, an abstract scuffle on the strings, a sprinkle of piano clusters, like new mutations seeking a niche. Fanciful? Perhaps. And if this conveys a little of Lash's calculated approach to composition, it doesn't do justice to how much fun this recording is.”

The new line-up with Alex Ward made its debut in Valencia last year, and this summer is working on the group's second album, to feature new original compositions and some perhaps surprising arrangements of other music.

DOMINIC LASH's other groups include duos with Seth Cooke and Angharad Davies as well as The Set Ensemble. He has performed with musicians such as John Butcher, Tony Conrad, Axel Dörner, Thomas Lehn and John Russell, and with ensembles including Apartment House and the Bozzini Quartet.

Spanish percussionist, JAVIER CARMONA, grew up playing drums with experimental rock bands and free-jazz groups in Madrid. In 2005, he moved to London and gained a reputation as a rising star of European Improv, playing with luminaries such as John Tchicai, John Russell and others.

RICARDO TEJERO is a Madrid-born saxophonist and clarinetist. He has played with John Edwards, Steve Noble, Mark Sanders, Pat Thomas, Veryan Weston, Tony Marsh and others. He leads his own quintet, Ensemble Progresivo, and plays with Roland Ramanan Tentet, Triatone, R&R duo, WARY, and The Trumps.

ALEX WARD is a composer, improviser, and performing musician. His primary instruments are clarinet and guitar, and he has also performed in public and on recordings on alto sax, piano/keyboards, bass guitar, and as a vocalist. His involvement in freely improvised music dates back to 1986, when he met the guitarist Derek Bailey. His longest-standing collaborations in this field have been with the drummer Steve Noble.